I think I pulled a Charlie Sheen . . . .

I think I pulled a Charlie Sheen . . . .

I haven’t posted in quite a while. My previous posts contemplated my decision to leave full-time work and return to sessional academic work. I did this for two reasons – because my (then current) job was driving me crazy & to help facilitate my PhD studies/get back into academic work. This seemed like an ideal … Continue reading

Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle

Two days ago I travelled up to Uni city to start teaching the first of my new classes. As I have not yet made the move myself, I had to take the coach up, stay overnight, teach the next day and then back down after classes. It was a really, REALLY long couple of days. … Continue reading

I kinda think I sorta snapped

I kinda think I sorta snapped

All I was trying to do was confirm an accommodation booking. Seriously. As you know, I am stuck some 3 hours way from where I am meant to start work next Tuesday teaching a first-year undergraduate unit. Because I am in the middle on dental treatment and physio, I put the move off for a … Continue reading

Reality TV for academics

Reality TV for academics

If you didn’t catch the Reality TV post from The Chronicle, I have pasted it here as it is well worth reading for a chuckle. So You Think You Can Lecture? By James M. Lang A few months ago my wife and I upgraded our cable package. We now receive around 4,000 television channels, many … Continue reading

The One-Draft Dissertation

The One-Draft Dissertation

According to Carlis from The University of Minnesota, it is not only achievable to write a one-draft dissertation, it is desirable – and dependent upon design. Carlis suggests that the one-draft is based upon the following: Says Carlis: My goal in this paper is to codify an effective and efficient way to design and then … Continue reading

Do you tell dates about your qualifications?

Do you tell dates about your qualifications?

An interesting discussion is currently going on in my favourite PhD forum . . . . It started with a general discussion about online dating and match making websites but quickly became an exchange of views on the pros and cons of admitting to having a higher degree/being a doctoral candidate. The majority vote seems … Continue reading